Lee Grace Dougherty gang charged in Colorado

Aug 12, 2011
Jonathan Harwood

Nude pictures emerge as siblings are charged with attempted murder after dramatic capture

The Florida stripper Lee Grace Dougherty and her two 'redneck' brothers, whose alleged cross-country crime spree ended in a dramatic shoot-out in Colorado, have been charged with attempted murder and assault on a police officer.

Dougherty, who was shot in the leg after pointing a machine-gun at police, and her two brothers, Dylan and Ryan, were finally caught on Wednesday, after a 100mph car chase ended with their vehicle veering off the road.

The trio had successfully evaded the authorities for more than a week. They went on the run after Ryan Dougherty was sentenced to 10 years' probation and put on the sex offenders register for stalking an 11-year-old girl he met on the internet.

They allegedly opened fire on a policeman who tried to pull them over in Florida. The FBI believe they were also responsible for a bank robbery in Georgia on August 2 in which they shot up the building and fled with cash.

The siblings appeared in court on Thursday via a video feed from the jail in Pueblo County, Colorado where they are being held.

According to affidavits, Dylan fired an AK-47 at police as his half-brother Ryan, drove at up to 125mph during the chase. When the car crashed, they tried to flee on foot. Lee Grace ran into a field and pointed a machine pistol at an officer, who then shot her in the thigh.

"We weren't trying to hurt anyone," she said in her affidavit, adding: "I pointed the gun at the cop... I deserved to get shot."

The trio's exploits have won them instant infamy in the US, particularly Lee Grace. Not only did she have a Flickr account that features pictures of her parading around in a bikini, but TMZ has now got it hands on some photos in which she is wearing even less than that.

The gossip site reports that the exotic dancer took part in a "hardcore" photo shoot organised by friends who arrange poker nights. It claims that over recent weeks she had posed for a series of "very revealing" pictures, some of them taken just days before she and her brothers went on the run. A lucrative career could be in the offing if she can avoid a long prison sentence.

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